Monday 23 April 2018

Funny Ladies... the women who make us laugh

Sarah Millican
Sarah Millican
Sharon Horgan.
Tina Fey.
Amy Schumer.
Miranda Hart.

Pat Fitzpatrick

As Sarah Caden talks to stand-up Deirdre O'Kane, we look at other female comedians who put the laughs in our lives


We can't tell for certain if she's funny. It's impossible not to laugh at a woman with a Geordie accent. Particularly when she's called Cheryl Tweedy Cole Fernandez-Versini Who's Next? She's funny because she has huge names. (You can't just call it a name anymore. #doesntdoitjustice). Sarah is lined up to present an episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off in March. There is no shortage of genuinely funny women presenting the Bake Off shows. And then, of course, you also have Sue Perkins.


Call her Shane Horgan's sister if you fancy a visit from the feminists. (You don't.) Sharon is so busy in London, she hasn't had time to do one of those emigrant interviews you see in the Irish Times. You know - the ones where a Trinity graduate called Caoimhe says that she is incredibly proud to be Irish, and would rather live in half a wardrobe in Tooting than spend another second of her life in shitty old Dublin. (It's Ballsbridge, actually, since you ask.)


Amy is one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, according to Time Magazine. Pope Francis made the list as well, even though he's not a comedian, really. Amy was accused by other comedians of stealing their jokes. It was three female comedians, so they did it in a passive-aggressive manner. They were fine with her doing it. In fact, they were flattered. But it did happen. OK? Just making sure we're all on the same page.


You never heard of Tina Fey? No wonder you never get invited to dinner parties in Stoneybatter, where everyone has the same black-rimmed glasses and opinions. Tina Fey does a very funny impersonation of Sarah Palin on the campaign trail with Donald Trump. Of course, Donald is planning to build a wall to keep illegal migrants in Mexico. In which case, there won't be anyone to build the wall. Don't say that if you get invited to a party in Stoneybatter. (As if.)


You probably know her as plain old Miranda. She has gone for the single-name brand, like Brazilian footballers. She might spawn a follow-up act called Mirandinho. Hart is her stage name - her actual surname is Dyke. We're walking away from all sorts of jokes there. The lawyers are walking after us to make sure it goes smoothly. You can't be too careful. "Not even a throwaway line about how she stopped floods in Holland?" "No!"

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